David Akin has published
a list of the folks accompanying PM Stephen Harper to Israel. As Hardy notes in the comments here
, one the people on the list is Julius Suraski. If you click on the image below, you can see that he is given as the "events coordinator" for JDL-Canada, and indeed there are mentions and pics
of him on-line in regards to various JDL-Canada activities.
Presumably, given his title, Julius helped arrange the bringing of American hate-monger Pam Geller
(recently banned in the UK
) to Toronto. Even more disturbingly, he seems to have been part of JDL Canada's outreach to Tommy Robinson
, leader of the English Defense League, an anti-Muslim Group with deep ties to UK Neo-Nazis, these ties noted here
, for example. The EDL (although not Robinson himself) also apparently had connections with Norwegian mass murderer Anders Brievik, a story I broke here
, and which was then widely pursued by the UK press.
Also in The New Yorker
So, nice company you keep, Mr. Harper.
FWIW, it looks like Ezra's dad
is also on the trip.
Just to provide a bit of context on the JDL/EDL connection. Why, some might ask, would a Jewish group sidle up to this crowd?
Basically, Suraski and JDL hooked up with English Defence League because of the latters alleged opposition to "radical Islam" But in fact the EDL was largely a spin-off from BNP (British National Party
), which was openly Neo Nazi. To put it bluntly, EDL founders figured that post 9/11 it was easier to hate Muslims than Jews. So alot of them opportunistically dropped beliefs they had espoused only a few years earlier and adopted anti-Muslim/pro-Israel rhetoric instead. But the change never really went that deep
. And the JDL knew all this at the time.